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Labour Costs

Volume 129: debated on Thursday 10 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what information he has as to the percentage annual in unit labour costs in manufacturing in each year since 1979 in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) France, (c) Germany, (d) the United States of America, and (e) Japan.

The following table sets out the available information. Annual figures for 1987 are not yet available:

Unit labour costs in manufacturing Percentage change on previous year
Unite KingdomFranceGermanyUnited StatesJapan
19791883100
198022158120
1981912574
198231136-1
1983-18-1-2-2
1984261-2-4
19853520-2
198642301
1980198119821983198419851986
Permanent workers dismissed for offence justifying summary dismissal4131